Letters 10-24-2016

It’s Obama’s 1984 Several editions ago I concluded a short letter to the editor with an ominous rhetorical flourish: “Welcome to George Orwell’s 1984 and the grand opening of the Federal Department of Truth!” At the time I am sure most of the readers laughed off my comments as right-wing hyperbole. Shame on you for doubting me...

Gun Bans Don’t Work It is said that mass violence only happens in the USA. A lone gunman in a rubber boat, drifted ashore at a popular resort in Tunisia and randomly shot and killed 38 mostly British and Irish tourists. Tunisian gun laws, which are among the most restrictive in the world, didn’t stop this mass slaughter. And in January 2015, two armed men killed 11 and wounded 11 others in an attack on the French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo. French gun laws didn’t stop these assassins...

Scripps’ Good Deed No good deed shall go unpunished! When Dan Scripps was the 101st District State Representative, he introduced legislation to prevent corporations from contaminating (e.g. fracking) or depleting (e.g. Nestle) Michigan’s water table for corporate profit. There are no property lines in the water table, and many of us depend on private wells for abundant, safe, clean water. In the subsequent election, Dan’s opponents ran a negative campaign almost solely on the misrepresentation that Dan’s good deed was a government takeover of your private water well...

Political Definitions As the time to vote draws near it’s a good time to check into what you stand for. According to Dictionary.com the meanings for liberal and conservative are as follows:

Liberal: Favorable to progress or reform as in political or religious affairs.

Conservative: Disposed to preserve existing conditions, institutions, etc., or to restore traditions and limit change...

Voting Takes A Month? Hurricane Matthew hit the Florida coast Oct. 6, over three weeks before Election Day. Bob Ross (Oct. 17th issue) posits that perhaps evacuation orders from Governor Scott may have had political motivations to diminish turnout and seems to praise Hillary Clinton’s call for Gov. Scott to extend Florida’s voter registration deadline due to evacuations...

Clinton Foundation Facts Does the Clinton Foundation really spend a mere 10 percent (per Mike Pence) or 20 percent (per Reince Priebus) of its money on charity? Not true. Charity Watch gives it an A rating (the same as it gives the NRA Foundation) and says it spends 88 percent on charitable causes, and 12 percent on overhead. Here is the source of the misunderstanding: The Foundation does give only a small percentage of its money to charitable organizations, but it spends far more money directly running a number of programs...

America Needs Change Trump supports our constitution, will appoint judges that will keep our freedoms safe. He supports the partial-birth ban; Hillary voted against it. Regardless of how you feel about Trump, critical issues are at stake. Trump will increase national security, monitor refugee admissions, endorse our vital military forces while fighting ISIS. Vice-presidential candidate Mike Pence will be an intelligent asset for the country. Hillary wants open borders, increased government regulation, and more demilitarization at a time when we need strong military defenses...

My Process For No I will be voting “no” on Prop 3 because I am supportive of the process that is in place to review and approve developments. I was on the Traverse City Planning Commission in the 1990s and gained an appreciation for all of the work that goes into a review. The staff reviews the project and makes a recommendation. The developer then makes a presentation, and fellow commissioners and the public can ask questions and make comments. By the end of the process, I knew how to vote for a project, up or down. This process then repeats itself at the City Commission...

Regarding Your Postcard If you received a “Vote No” postcard from StandUp TC, don’t believe their lies. Prop 3 is not illegal. It won’t cost city taxpayers thousands of dollars in legal bills or special elections. Prop 3 is about protecting our downtown -- not Munson, NMC or the Commons -- from a future of ugly skyscrapers that will diminish the very character of our downtown...

Vote Yes It has been suggested that a recall or re-election of current city staff and Traverse City Commission would work better than Prop 3. I disagree. A recall campaign is the most divisive, costly type of election possible. Prop 3, when passed, will allow all city residents an opportunity to vote on any proposed development over 60 feet tall at no cost to the taxpayer...

Yes Vote Explained A “yes” vote on Prop 3 will give Traverse City the right to vote on developments over 60 feet high. It doesn’t require votes on every future building, as incorrectly stated by a previous letter writer. If referendums are held during general elections, taxpayers pay nothing...

Beware Trump When the country you love have have served for 33 years is threatened, you have an obligation and a duty to speak out. Now is the time for all Americans to speak out against a possible Donald Trump presidency. During the past year Trump has been exposed as a pathological liar, a demagogue and a person who is totally unfit to assume the presidency of our already great country...

Picture Worth 1,000 Words Nobody disagrees with the need for affordable housing or that a certain level of density is dollar smart for TC. The issue is the proposed solution. If you haven’t already seen the architect’s rendition for the site, please Google “Pine Street Development Traverse City”...

Living Wage, Not Tall Buildings Our community deserves better than the StandUp TC “vote no” arguments. They are not truthful. Their yard signs say: “More Housing. Less Red Tape. Vote like you want your kids to live here.” The truth: More housing, but for whom? At what price..

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Jamie Kauffold - January 27th, 2014  

JAN 27-2

16th Annual Women’s Winter Tour 2014: Celebrate women, winter & chocolate this Sunday, February 2. All events begin & end at Black Star Farms in Suttons Bay. Enjoy new trails & a variety of venues. Each location features a different food & beverage option. Cross-country ski or snowshoe 3, 5 & 10 km routes. You may enter the courses anytime between 9:30am & noon. For more details, visit: womenswintertour.com In conjunction with this event, a Sweet Sixteen “Coming Out” Dance Party featuring the Fresh Fossils, playing rock, blues, ballads, & jazz will be held on Saturday, February 1 from 8-11pm at Little Bohemia, TC. Photo by John R. Williams, courtesy of Active Women Now.

monday 1/27

46th Annual International 500 Snowmobile Race: Held in Sault Ste. Marie, Jan. 27 - Feb. 1. www.i-500.com

Friends @ the Carnegie Speaker Series Hosts Local Petoskey Historian Rick Wiles: Rick will share his research on the Club Manitou & the Club Ponytail in the Harbor Springs area from the late 1920s through the 1960s. 7pm, Carnegie Bldg., Petoskey. 231-758-3100.

Radcliffe Reading Society: This kids book club will meet from 3:30-4:30pm at McLean & Eakin Booksellers, Petoskey to discuss “Sugar” by Jewell Parker Rhodes. Reservations: 231-347-1180.

WinterFolk 2014: Presents guitarist Bill Wilson, who has been playing for over 35 years. Hear a variety of tunes at 6:30pm at Charlevoix Public Library. Followed by open mic. www.charlevoixlibrary.org or 231-547-2651.

Story Hour - Snowmen: Hear stories & do some activities & a craft. 10am, Horizon Books, TC. www.horizonbooks.com

tuesday 1/28

46th Annual International 500 Snowmobile Race: (See Mon.)

Antrim County’s 2014 Relay For Life Kickoff: Teams raise money & awareness for the fight against all types of cancer during this 24 hour American Cancer Society event. 6:30pm, Antrim Community Church, Bellaire. The Relay will be held June 21-22 at the Shaun Davies Memorial Track in Bellaire. relayforlife.org or 231-676-2493.

Connecting Women in Business: 11:30am-1pm, North Central Michigan College, Petoskey. Truth or Fiction?: Find out about fact checking & satire web sites from the Progressive Women of Charlevoix County. 12-2pm, Boyne City Library. RSVP: 231-582-0416.

wednesday 1/29

An Afternoon with an Author, Mark Twain: Local attorney & civil rights activist Dean Robb will portray author & humorist Mark Twain. 1pm, Elk Rapids Historic Museum. 231-264-9979.

Picnic at the Opera: Join host Miriam Pico for northern Michigan’s only Live TV Variety Show. 12- 1pm, City Opera House, TC. This week’s special guests are Younce Guitar Duo, Soul Step & Cal Boulter. Free. www.cityoperahouse.org

Leelanau Players Auditions: For Paul Rudnick’s “I Hate Hamlet”. Looking for three women & three men with one couple being about 30 years old. 7pm, Suttons Bay/Bingham Fire Dept. meeting room. 231 620-7287.

InterActive Story Time: Featuring “Snowmen At Night”. 11am, Great Lakes Children’s Museum, TC. www.greatlakeskids.org

46th Annual International 500 Snowmobile Race: (See Mon.)

Community Financial Aid Night: 7-8:30pm, North Central Michigan College’s Library Conference Room, Petoskey. 231-348-6698.

thursday 1/30

Leelanau Players Auditions: (See Weds.)

Family Fitness Challenge: Modeled on real Olympic training skills, this challenge is open to families with children ages 4 – 14. This week’s course is “Ice” Dancing, creative expression & buoyancy fun, take into the pool. 7pm, John & Marnie Demmer Wellness Pavilion & Dialysis Center, Petoskey. Cost, $10 per class. 231-487-3440.

46th Annual International 500 Snowmobile Race: (See Mon.)

Black Lake Sturgeon Shivaree: Presented by Sturgeon For Tomorrow, proceeds fund lake sturgeon hatchery, research, habitat conservation & outreach programs. Held Jan. 31 - Feb. 1 on Black Lake, in front of the former Black Lake Hotel, Cheboygan, events include an ice fishing contest, Poker Run, ice rescue & hovercraft demonstration, music with Billy Jewell & His Bad Habits, Charlie Raeger, Johnnie Walker, & much more. For a full lineup of events, visit: http:// www.sturgeonfortomorrow.org/shivaree/

The Game’s Afoot: Murder, mayhem, drama & dastardly deeds in this Sherlock Holmes-inspired comedy from Ken Ludwig. 7:30pm, Old Town Playhouse, TC. Tickets: $25 adults, $14 children, $23 seniors/students (Thurs./Sun. only), $20 groups. Student Rush tickets, $12, if available. oldtownplayhouse.com or 947-2210.

“Talk About Art” Presents Leelanau County Photographer Ken Scott: 7:30pm, Glen Arbor Art Association. 231-334-6112.

Career Connection: This week’s topic: “Conquering the Interview”. 2pm, TC Michigan Works! Service Center. 922-3700.

North American Snow Festival 2014: Held in Cadillac, Jan. 30 - Feb. 2, this festival features snowmobiling races, a snow sculpture contest, chili cookoff, pageant & more. http://www.michigan.org/events/north-american-snow-festival-2014/ or 231-775-0657.

friday 1/31

Chance to Dance: Enjoy a variety of music styles. Singles and couples welcome. 10pm- 12am, Physical Education building, room 120, NMC, TC. Cost, $5. 231-499-9793.

Poetry Open Mic at Landmark Books, TC: 6- 7pm. The theme is “New Years or Resolutions”. 922-7225.

Toddler Time: “Tents & Tunnels”. 10am - noon, Great Lakes Children’s Museum, TC. www.greatlakeskids.org

Black Lake Sturgeon Shivaree: Held Jan. 31 - Feb. 1 on Black Lake, in front of the former Black Lake Hotel, Cheboygan. Today’s events include: Registering for sturgeon fishing, from 2-8pm at 211 DNR Field Station, a Native American drum ceremony, & music by Billy Jewell and His Band Habits. http://www.sturgeonfortomorrow.org/shivaree/

Kalkaska Winterfest: Held Jan. 31 - Feb. 2 at the Kalkaska Fairgrounds. Today features Sled Dog Races & the Kalkaska County Fair Luncheon. kalkaskawinterfest.org

Family Dinner & a Movie Night: Featuring “Epic Friday”. Dinner (pizza) is $5; movie, free. 5:15-8pm, Harbor Springs Sk8 Park & Ice Rink. 231-526-0610.

46th Annual International 500 Snowmobile Race: (See Mon.)

The Game’s Afoot: (See Thurs.)

Live Music with Front Street Jazz Band: Dixieland style music. 8:30-10:30pm, Horizon Books, TC. www.horizonbooks.com

Matuto: This NYC based group’s music is a push & pull between the Latin syncopations of Brazilian music & the folk traditions of the American South. Bluegrass meets Brazil. 8pm, Milliken Auditorium, Dennos Museum Center, TC. Tickets: $25 advance, $28 door. www.dennosmuseum.org or 995-1553.

North American Snow Festival 2014: (See Thurs.)

Burly-Q: A Tassel Twirling Revue: Northern Starlets Burlesque Revue - a theatrical lampoon of slapstick parody & verbal horse play. For ages 18 & older. 7:30pm, City Opera House, TC. Tickets: $20, $30. www.cityoperahouse.org or 941-8082.

Boyne Highlands Resort’s 50th Anniversary Celebration: Held Jan. 31 - Feb. 2, tonight’s events include night skiing, a classic movie, horsedrawn wagon rides, musical entertainment, & more. 800.GO.BOYNE or BOYNE.com

Blissfest Swing Dance Series: Learn the Lindy & Jitterbug dance styles, while dancing to music from the Up North Big Band. Instruction, 6:45pm; dance, 7:30pm, NCMC Cafeteria room, Petoskey. Cost, $10 adults, $6 under 18 & free for under 5.

Kalkaska Winterfest: Jan. 31 - Feb. 2, Kalkaska Fairgrounds. Today features Sled Dog Races & the Kalkaska County Fair Luncheon. kalkaskawinterfest.org

3rd Annual Suttons Bay Variety Show: Includes the school jazz band, Emma Grant playing the theme from “Downtown Abbey,” footage from the Guinness record-breaking FLOATILLA2, a scene from Neil Simon’s “FOOLS,” & much more. 7pm, Suttons Bay Schools Auditorium. Admission: $5 adults, $3 students, $10 families. 231-271-4983.

Infant Massage: Learn how to soothe & bond with your baby from a certified massage therapist. Bring soft blankets to lay your baby on. 10:30am, Elk Rapids District Library. 231-264-9979.

saturday 2/1

Embrace The Dream: Presents Create Your Own Peace Flags at the Traverse Area District Library, 11am. www.tadl.org

Funny Business Comedy Show: Featuring Katrina Brown & Kevin Cahak at 9pm at Ozone, Odawa Casino Resort, Petoskey. $5 admission. odawacasino.com

Citizens Climate Lobby - Northern Michigan: Guest speaker (via conference call) is Jonathan Haidt, author of The Righteous Mind and The Happiness Hypothesis. 12:30pm, Michigan Land Use Institute, TC. www.citizensclimatelobby.org

Kenny Rogers: Known for #1 hits “The Gambler,” “Lady,” “Islands in the Stream,” and others, Rogers has recorded more than 65 albums. 8pm, Soaring Eagle Casino, Mt. Pleasant. Tickets range from $22-$65. www.soaringeaglecasino.com

Black Lake Sturgeon Shivaree: Held Jan. 31 - Feb. 1 on Black Lake, in front of the former Black Lake Hotel, Cheboygan. Today’s events include: a fishing contest, Poker Run, ice rescue & hovercraft demonstration, music by Charlie Raeger, Johnnie Walker, Myk Ryse Band, & more. http://www.sturgeonfortomorrow.org/shivaree/

Kalkaska Winterfest: Held Jan. 31 - Feb. 2 at the Kalkaska Fairgrounds. Today features Sled Dog Races, a craft show, silent auction, sled dog rides Outhouse Race & more. kalkaskawinterfest.org

46th Annual International 500 Snowmobile Race: (See Mon.)

Snowshoe Stampede Stomp Out Cancer: Featuring a chili cook off, silent auction, live music, celebrity bartenders & more. Proceeds benefit Manistee & Mason County cancer patients. 11am-6:30pm, Manistee National Golf & Resort. 231-510-9690.

The Game’s Afoot: (See Thurs.)

Josh Sneed with Dave Dyer: Following his passion for making people laugh, Sneed has opened for comics like Dave Chappelle, Dane Cook, & Lewis Black. Stand up comic & writer Dyer has shared the stage with comedians including Drew Carey, Lewis Black & Kathleen Madigan. 8-10pm, Crooked Tree Arts Center Theater, Petoskey. Tickets: $10 students, $25 members, $35 non-members. 231-347-4337 or https://www.crookedtree.org/event-registration/?ee=498

Boyne Highlands Resort’s 50th Anniversary Celebration: Held Jan. 31 - Feb. 2, tonight’s highlights include a tribute dinner party, live music by the Sun Messengers in the Zoo Bar, fireworks & more. 800.GO.BOYNE or BOYNE.com

Goodhart Farms Nordic Adventure: Ski groomed trails at Goodhart Farms Preserve, Emmet Co. from 10am-12pm. Meet at the Robinson Road parking area. Presented by the Little Traverse Conservancy. www.landtrust.org

North American Snow Festival 2014: (See Thurs.)

Sweet Sixteen “Coming Out” Dance Party: Featuring the Fresh Fossils, playing rock, blues, ballads, & jazz. 8-11pm, Little Bohemia, TC. Held in conjunction with the 16th Annual Women’s Winter Tour 2014 on Feb. 2.

Derby Preserve Winter Exploration: Ski or snowshoe the newest three miles of trail in the Les Cheneaux region with Little Traverse Conservancy education assistant Caitlin Donnelly. 10am- 12pm, Mackinac County. www.landtrust.org or 231-347-0991.

Grand Traverse Regional Land Conservancy Snowshoe Hike at Arcadia Dunes: Gather at St Pierre Trail Head. 10am-12pm. Two mile hike, almost entirely through forests & protected from harsh lake winds. www.gtrlc.org or 231-929-7911.

9th Annual Adgate Trophy: Hosted by twotime Olympian & U.S. National Champion Cary Adgate. The GS course is set on North Boyne, Boyne Mountain, Boyne Falls. BOYNE.com or 800.462.6963.

Old Time Country Dance: 7:30pm, Carnegie Building, Petoskey. $3/person, $5/couple, $7/family. www.blissfest.org or 231-348-7047.

White Pine Stampede: The 10, 20 & 50k events all start at Mancelona High School. Finish at the Summit at Shanty Creek Resort, Bellaire. Short’s Brewery is hosting a “ar apres Ski Party” at 1pm. Live music & slide show of the day’s race. http://www.whitepinestampede.org/

sunday 2/2

16th Annual Women’s Winter Tour 2014: Celebrating women, winter & chocolate. All events begin & end at Black Star Farms in Suttons Bay. Enjoy new trails & a variety of venues. Each location features a different food & beverage option. Featuring 3, 5 & 10 km routes. You may enter the courses anytime between 9:30am & noon. For more details, visit: womenswintertour.com

Traverse Symphony Orchestra Presents Musical Fireworks: Melodies include Khachaturian’s Sabre Dance, Rossini’s Overture to The Barber of Seville, Massenet’s Meditation from Thaïs, & much more. The grand finale will feature Maestro Rhodes as piano soloist for George Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue. 3pm, Corson Auditorium, Interlochen Center for the Arts. Tickets start at $20 & are 50% off for students & first time attendees. www.traversesymphony.org or 231-947-7120.

Souper Sunday: Featuring Carrie Leaureaux, who will speak on the role of women in traditional & modern Anishinaabe life. 2pm, TC History Center. $5 donation suggested. Reservations: 231-421-3343.

Marriage - Why Bother?: Today’s topic is “The Secret” at Bay Pointe Community Church, TC. For more info, visit: www.bponline.org or call 922-9882.

Kalkaska Winterfest: Held Jan. 31 - Feb. 2 at the Kalkaska Fairgrounds. Today features Sled Dog Races, a craft show, IWPA Dog Weight Pull & more. kalkaskawinterfest.org

North American Snow Festival 2014: (See Thurs.)

Boyne Highlands Resort’s 50th Anniversary Celebration: Held Jan. 31 - Feb. 2. 800. GO.BOYNE or BOYNE.com

10th Annual Everett Kircher Cup: This slalom race takes place on Hemlock, Boyne Mountain, Boyne Falls. BOYNE.com or 800.462.6963.


Celebrating Legends: The Stories of Father Fred & Roy & Ellen Brigman: Through March 15, History Center of Traverse City. $5. traversehistory. org or 995-0313.

Iceskating Games: Held at the ice rink at Harbor Springs’ Sk8 Park on Saturdays through March 15 from 1-3pm. Includes broomball, four corners, pom-pom & more. 231-526-0610.

Great Start Playgroup: Held the fourth Weds. of each month, 10 am, Alden District Library. Bring your preschoolers to play, hear stories & meet new friends.

Snowshoe Hikes: Held every Sat. through end of Feb. with park rangers at 1pm at the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore. Meet at the National Lakeshore Visitor Center in Empire. 231-326-5134, ext. 328.

Snowshoe Tours at Michigan Legacy Art Park, Crystal Mountain Resort, Thompsonville: See the sculptures & wildlife in the art park, Sundays through Feb. 23 at 2:30pm. Cost, $10. www.michlegacyartpark.org or 231-378-4963.

Earthwork Music Mondays Live: 6-8pm, Northern Natural Cider House, TC. 943-1078.

Technique Cooking: Thurs., Fri. & Sat. at noon; Thurs., 5:15pm, at Fustini's, Petoskey. Cost, $10, which goes toward purchase.

East Jordan Winter Farmers Market: Held the second Thursday of each month at the Civic Center, East Jordan.

Village Farmers Market: Saturdays, indoors at The Village at Grand Traverse Commons, 10am- 2pm.

Charlevoix Winter Farmers Market: Thursdays, 9am-1pm, Charlevoix Public Library, Community Rooms A & B.

Petoskey Winter Farmers Market: Fridays, 8:30am-1pm, NCMC Student Services Bldg.

Harbor Springs Winter Farmers Market: Saturdays, 9am, HS Middle School.

Frankfort Farmers Market: Saturdays, 9-1, inside Lions Club.

Boyne City Indoor Market: Every Sat., Nov.-April at the Red Barn, next to the Boyne District Library on Park Street, 9am-1pm.

Kids Open MIC: Held every Saturday at 3pm at Northern Natural Cider House, TC. 943-1078.

Hip Hop Universe: Competitions, dance lessons & food at the Kalkaska Kaliseum, every third Wednesday of the month, 4:30-7:30pm.

Free Yoga: Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, 5:30pm, at Song of the Morning, Vanderbilt.

“Saturday’s Child”: This story time is for families with children ages 3-7. Featuring songs, stories, finger plays, poems, a craft or other activity, & a snack. Held Saturdays from 3-4pm in the Program Room at Petoskey District Library. www.petoskeylibrary.org or 231-758-3112.

Meditation & Yoga: Free meditation class at Shanti School of Yoga, TC, every Friday, 7:30pm; free Om Gentle Yoga on Sunday, 10:30am. (Logan's Landing, TC.)

Deep Blue Water Samba School: This community samba drumming class is held the 1st & 3rd Mon. of each month from 7:30-9pm at GT Circuit, TC. Cost: $10 sliding scale. 231-276-2328.

Record Revival Night: Bring your records to
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